Mindy Crary, suggests in her article on Forbes, The 8 Easiest Ways to Cut Your Food Budget in Half many techniques. Apparently becoming a vegetarian and cutting out alcohol from your diet can really cut your costs. Though this is useful, if you are not interested in changing your lifestyle, here are other ideas for you. For example, a meal at a restaurant can cost anywhere on average between $8 to $15 versus the average cost of a home cooked meal, which ranges from as low as $3 to about $7. Try to eat in restaurants less and instead, go out shopping for your groceries. Almost every city has its markets, and yes, they are normally cheaper than grocery shops. Get to know some locals and ask them for tips on buying in the markets. Every country has its own rules, whether it's rules on bargaining or changes in prices on specific days and times. It's important to know the rules and tricks in each country. In Copenhagen, for example, there is an interesting phenomenon called dumpster diving, where people search designated dumpsters for groceries. There is even a Facebook page, designed to alert its followers when a big food industry throws a massive amount of a product, due to an addition of an unwanted but non-harmful ingredient.